The Kansas Federal Public Defender is looking for an investigative data analyst.
Holistic defense is about recognizing and addressing the bigger picture beyond the specific criminal charges in an individual case. Data collection is key to this effort as it helps us organize and connect disparate pieces of the puzzle. Data analysis enables us to identify patterns, both positive and negative, in our clients’ lives, in our defense work, in the criminal legal system, and in society.
This approach will allow us to answer questions such as:
• What are the demographics of our clients?
• What are the most common resources our clients need to be successful?
• What defense strategies and tactics result in the lowest sentences for our clients?
• What kind of sentences do our clients of color get for a particular federal charge as compared our white clients?
• What are the release/detention rates for our clients from different demographics?
• How do our clients assess our representation? How can we improve?
• How many searches has a particular police officer conducted that have been found unconstitutional?
• Have particular police officers been found to lack credibility with the court?
• Has a particular expert’s testimony been limited or prohibited?
We have seen how the government and the business world have used data collection and analysis to super-charge their work. We know that harnessing these tools will make us better advocates. You can read more about the position here. Our ideal candidate has experience in data analytics, statistics, and public defense. If you have relevant skills and experience, please apply by March 15, 2021.
-- Zay Thompson, FPD Investigator, and Melody Brannon, Defender